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    would have in if clauses

    "If you would have done your job. If you would have protected him. If you would have stopped the fifth column,the way you were supposed to, maybe dad would be alive now."

    I've been hearing "would have" or "could have" in if clauses from tome to time.

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    Re: would have in if clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "If you would have done your job. If you would have protected him. If you would have stopped the fifth column,the way you were supposed to, maybe dad would be alive now."

    I've been hearing "would have" or "could have" in if clauses from tome to time.
    Haven't we all?

    This is generally considered to be incorrect in examples such as yours, but you will hear it, more from speakers of AmE than BrE.

    The (even more) incorrect BrE equivalent is: "If you had have done your job", usually in the form "If you'd've done...".

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    Re: would have in if clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "If you would have done your job. If you would have protected him. If you would have stopped the fifth column,the way you were supposed to, maybe dad would be alive now."

    I've been hearing "would have" or "could have" in if clauses from tome to time.
    It can be the case if would bears modality.

    If you will bear with me I will open the door. (If you are willing)

    If you would have beared with me I would have opened the door.

    There are some other possible cases.

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    Re: would have in if clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    It can be the case if would bears modality.

    If you will bear with me I will open the door. (If you are willing)

    If you would have borne with me I would have opened the door.

    There are some other possible cases.
    You are correct.
    However, while 'if you will...' and 'if you would...' are not uncommon with this meaning, 'if you would have ...' is. We tend, in BrE at least, to change the wording to something like 'if you had been willing to ...' when we wish to convey this idea.
    I would advise learners not to use this form.

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    Re: would have in if clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "If you would have done your job. If you would have protected him. If you would have stopped the fifth column,the way you were supposed to, maybe dad would be alive now."

    I've been hearing "would have" or "could have" in if clauses from tome to time.
    Note that "could have" can be correct in an if-clause, e.g.

    1. If I could have stopped him, I would have done.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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